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You can modify all of your course due dates in one place and perform the following tasks:

  •     Add or modify the course start and end dates
  •     Add or modify the dues dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes
  •     Add or modify the availability dates

Screenshot of Due Date Modifer Tool

The Due Date Modifier does not currently support changing due dates for different sections within a course. This is a future that we hope to add in the future although we are not sure when it will happen.

Modify Dates with Due Date Modifer

Tell me how

Before you can use the Due Date Modifer, you must add the Multi Tool to the navigation menu in your Canvas course. By default, the Multi Tool is hidden because it is only used when setting up the course. Students cannot view or access the Multi Tool when it is enabled in your course.

To add the Multi Tool, follow these steps:

  1. On the course navigation menu, click Settings.
  2. On the Settings page, click the Navigation tab.
  3. On the Navigation tab, drag the Multi Tool item from
    the list of hidden items (on the bottom) to the list of available items.
  4. Click Save.

Learn more about the Multi-Tool


Email or call 303.871.2084 during regular business hours.

We have scheduled many workshops in the early fall to help you get your Canvas course(s) ready for fall. Join in to help jump start your course and use the most efficient techniques!

Canvas Basics

This workshop is an introduction to Canvas for new users. Topics in this session will include general navigation of the Canvas interface, content creation and organization, notifications and communication, and assignments (including quizzes, graded discussions, papers). The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to Q&A and an open lab session for you to start building your Canvas courses. If you wish to participate, please bring course documents and/or syllabi on a USB drive or bring your laptop. Facilitated by: Terri Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning

Thursday, August 20, 2:00-3:30 pm  
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Monday, August 24, 1:00-2:30 pm  Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Tuesday, August 25, 9:00-10:30 am   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Wednesday, September 2, 1:00-2:30 pm   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Thursday, September 3, 9:00-10:30 am   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Tuesday, September 8, 1:00-2:30 pm   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Wednesday, September 9, 11:00 am-12:30 pm   Register here
Online via Adobe Connect:


Canvas Open Lab:

Wednesday, August 19, 12:00-3:00 pm
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Friday, August 28, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Monday, August 31, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Thursday, September 10, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

What is Canvas?

Canvas is the University of Denver’s Learning Management System (LMS), providing a secure environment for online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses. Canvas is managed according to the Learning Management System Guidelines.

Log into Canvas with your DU credentials at


Tips for first-time Canvas users

For best results using Canvas, make sure your computer meets the basic specifications and use a supported browser.

If you’re just getting started, you may want to update your Canvas profile and customize your notification preferences.


Setting up your Canvas course

Copy content from another Canvas course

You may need to copy content from another course you are listed as a teacher in, or you can build your course content from scratch. If you are copying content from a course that was  taught previously, you can adjust due dates as needed for the upcoming term.

Teaching more than one section?

You can cross-list your sections so all students are together in one Canvas course.

Must-have Canvas content

At the least, instructors should populate the Syllabus in their Canvas courses.

Assignments are another important element in any Canvas course. Any assignments created in the Assignments tool will automatically show up in Grades, Calendar, and Syllabus.

Assignments can be weighted by creating assignment groups.

Even if students will be submitting their assignments in class, adding them in Canvas will create a spot in the gradebook for you to enter grades so students can see them immediately. Or, save some paper and allow students to submit their assignments online!

Don’t forget to publish!

Once you get your course set up, you’ll want to make sure you publish your course so students can access it.


Learn about all the Canvas tools

Don’t stop there! Browse the Canvas Instructor Guide to get familiar with all the tools available in Canvas, and then start using the ones that make sense for your course.

Once you have decided which tools you’ll be using in your course, it’s best to hide the tools you’re not using so students only have access to what they need.


Need some real-time help?

We pay for 24/7 support from Canvas, and their support specialists are real whipper-snappers! This is the go-to when you need Canvas help quickly.

Canvas Support Hotline for Faculty: 1-833-291-3240
Canvas Support Hotline for Students: 1-855-712-9770

If you need assistance with something in Canvas that’s specific to your department, contact your unit’s Canvas Administrator.

If you’re looking for guidance on the best way to use Canvas for your course, email to request a Technology Consultation. 


Winter 2019 Canvas training at the OTL

Select a date below for details and registration.

Advanced Canvas: Assignments & Grading Strategies
February 21 at 2 PM – OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
February 22 at 9 AM – Online
March 28 at 1 PM – Online

Testing in Canvas with Respondus LockDown Browser
February 28 at 10 AM – OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
March 4 at 2 PM – OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)

Canvas Basics
March 25 at 2 PM – Online
March 26 at 10 AM – OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)


Additional information

Our Canvas articles in the OTL Knowledge Base include more FAQs, tech support, and information on external tools.

Canvas courses receive updated student and faculty enrollments from our Ellucian®Banner Student Information System every 2 hours from 7am to 11pm daily.

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